Corinne Wood

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Corinne Wood
44th Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
In office
January 11, 1999 – January 13, 2003
Governor George Ryan
Preceded by Bob Kustra
Succeeded by Pat Quinn
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 59th district
In office
Preceded by Thomas J. Lachner
Succeeded by Susan Garrett
Personal details
Born (1954-05-28) May 28, 1954 (age 62)
Barrington, Illinois, USA
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Paul Wood
Profession attorney

Corinne J. Wood (born May 28, 1954) served as the 44th Lieutenant Governor of the US state of Illinois from 1999 to 2003.[1] Graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Illinois and Loyola University School of Law, Wood was named general counsel to the Illinois Commissioner of Banks and Trusts.[when?]


Born as Corinne Gieseke in Barrington, Illinois, Wood (a resident of Lake Forest) was the first female Lieutenant Governor of Illinois. A Republican, she was elected on Gov. George Ryan's ticket in 1998. An attorney, she served in the Illinois House of Representatives for one term prior to her election as lieutenant governor.

As Lieutenant Governor[edit]

As Lieutenant Governor, she was a frequent speaker across Illinois on a number of issues, including rural affairs, economic development, and women's health. The first two issues were part of her portfolio as Lieutenant Governor, and the third was added by her to her office's duties. While Lieutenant Governor, she gained national prominence for leading a campaign against Abercrombie & Fitch for sexually provocative pictures in the catalogue. As part of her campaign against the store, Wood urged a boycott and a letter writing campaign.

She also launched a statewide campaign to increase funding for breast cancer research through the "A Check for a Cure" Illinois tax return check-off when she first entered office.[citation needed]

Breast cancer[edit]

She battled breast cancer in the late 1990s and announced that she was resuming treatment for her cancer in January 2006.[2]

Campaign for Governor[edit]

In 2002, she sought the Republican nomination for Governor of Illinois to succeed the retiring Ryan. While she was not a part of the scandals that ended the Ryan Administration, Wood was hurt by this in the primary, along with her reputation for being a moderate Republican. She finished third in the primary losing to Attorney General Jim Ryan.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Illinois Secretary of State. Illinois Blue Book 2003–2004
  2. ^ The State Journal-Register. "Former state official to fight cancer again". January 18, 2006

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Kustra
Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
Succeeded by
Pat Quinn